The Name of Jesus – Part Two

And she will have a son and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins Matthew 1:32

Where ever Jesus went, whatever He was doing, when he would turn to the sound of His name He would be reminded of the reason He had come. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in Nazareth when He began to explain that He was coming to fulfill the prophecies of Isaiah, the Bible tells us that they were so angry that they took him out and were ready to through him over a cliff! Yet miraculously Jesus slipped away because “His hour had not yet come” He always had an awareness throughout his ministry and teaching of that approaching hour. He told his brothers one day, “Any time is good for you, but my hour has not yet come”

As Jesus prayed in the garden, struggling with the thoughts of the cross He said, “… should I pray, ‘ Father, save me from this hour.’ ? But this is the very reason I came.” John 12:27 Later when he finished praying he went back to the disciples and found them sleeping he said, “…Are you still sleeping and resting? Look the hour has come…” 1512168036553_image.jpg

All that God had promised in the name Jesus was fulfilled as Jesus began the terrible process of paying for our sins. He was determined that no obstacle would keep him back. He accepted no protection and looked for no escape. To the very end Jesus was true to His Name – the Name that is now above all names. Jesus is the name before which every knee will bow in both heaven and earth. It is a mighty name. It is a name that gives hope in dark places. Jesus is a name that brings healing and a name that forgives sins. Jesus is the name that never loses power and it is the name given for us all! Jesus is the name given just for you. Jesus is the name of Christmas!


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